Quantity Surveying Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

Part-time, degree apprenticeship undergraduate (4 years)





Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying Degree Apprenticeship is an opportunity to combine study and work. As well as providing a high-quality degree qualification, it lets you achieve chartered status with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and pursue a fulfilling career in the surveying industry.

Find out more about teaching options and studying during COVID-19 in the Entry requirements section, below.

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The relevance of the modules I have studied so far has provided me with the confidence and knowledge to perform my daily tasks at work with ease and efficiency
Luke Moxham
Building Surveying Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprentice, Sharp & Bentley
As an RICS mentor, ECC enterprise adviser and SME business owner I am hugely impressed that ARU are in sync with what communities and professional employers really need. Our candidate is receiving excellent support and training.
Lee Hatwell
Chartered Surveyor/Director, Munday + Cramer


Our work-based course ensures that it meets the needs of the industry and is adaptable to a range of employers and roles.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Introduction to Civil Law and Legislation (Level 4) - 15 credits
    This module introduces you to the structure and processes of the English legal system, to the sources of the law, and to those basic legal concepts and skills which such students need to address more detailed legal issues in later modules. It is the essential foundation to the development of the legal skills necessary in the provision of sound advice to clients in a student's professional career.
  • The Built Environment Work Sector (Level 4) - 15 credits
    This module is intended to support the development of your understanding of the nature of the work sector in the broadest sense including; the environments in which the sector operates, its performance within these contexts and factors that influence the operation of organisations.
  • Elements of Construction Design (Level 4) - 15 credits
    You will develop analytical skills which will allow them to carry out basic structural calculations. You will also be introduced to basic 2D drafting techniques using industry standard software. This will allow you to effectively interpret technical drawing and give you the skills which can be applied to your specialist discipline area in later modules. Skills in this medium are highly sought after in the construction industry.
  • Elementary Survey Skills
    Survey work is one of the most complete and satisfying disciplines involved in construction because it involves the application of theoretical knowledge to solve practical problems using tactile skills and common-sense in the field. This module is intended to develop the necessary site related survey skills for apprentices entering the construction industry. You will gain both a theoretical understanding as well as hands-on practice in the use of both traditional and contemporary instruments in order to set-up and control the most common elements of construction.
  • Construction Economics (Level 4) - 15 credits
    You will gain an understanding of basic microeconomic and macroeconomic principles and how they impact on firms in the built environment. This allows you to develop an appreciation of the importance of the economy on the industry in which their careers are located.
  • Professional Surveying Practice (Level 4) - 15 credits
    This module explores the roles and activities undertaken by the Chartered Surveyor throughout the development process. It provides students with a general knowledge and understanding of the history and background of the surveying professions and the RICS, along with the types of organisations in which surveyors are employed.
  • Building Technology (Level 4) - 15 credits
    You will learn the common materials and methods of construction of both new and traditional housing by considering, in turn, each of the main elements of a buildings' structure. You will also study the requirements of the internal environment, so as to understand how services installations contribute to user comfort. Other basic aspects such as the personnel involved, health and safety requirements and specialised terminology will be illustrated as appropriate to support your learning.
  • IT and Communication
    You will gain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills for information management and presentation purposes and will be encouraged to use contemporary ICT methods for research and for the production and presentation of reports, in a style suitable both for university coursework requirements and the commercial environment.

Year two, core modules

  • Advanced Construction Technology (Level 5) - 15 credits
    This module is designed to develop your technical knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge in the context of both new build and refurbishment work. The focus of this module leads on from domestic construction and provides a broad understanding of the way we build commercial and industrial buildings. The module will consider the functional requirements of single-storey industrial sheds and multi-storey framed structures in concrete and steel. In addition, the effects of the latest legislation in relation to fire and health & safety on the construction process are examined.
  • Environmental Building Performance (Level 5) - 15 credits
    You will be introduced to standard methods of assessing and measuring the environmental performance of buildings, such as Pasivhaus and BREEAM. Considerable emphasis is placed on the use of environmental criteria to assess a building's thermal, visual and acoustic performance. A number of scientific methods are explored and there will be some practical, experiment-based work. Various technical solutions for lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning a building will be explored. The passive design features of a building are also explored.
  • Planning Procedures and Practice (Level 5) - 15 credits
    You will be introduced to the stages of the present planning system from application to determination by planning officers or planning committees. You will also gain an understanding of the current planning appeals system to the Planning Inspectorate if there is a refusal to grant planning consent.
  • Management Practice (Level 5) - 15 credits
    This module helps you develop a sound understanding of the theories and practice of management, reinforced by examples of best practice drawn from a wide range of organisations and industries, together with an appreciation of the context and constraints that influence organisations and management.
  • Quantity Surveying Practice I (Level 5) - 15 credits
    This is a problem-solving module that takes typical scenarios and problems encountered during the construction process. It requires you to analyse and define problems, develop a range of standard and innovative solutions then provide professional advice to clients.
  • Construction Procurement (Level 5) - 15 credits
    This module examines the process of procurement and tendering for construction works, analysing the decisions made throughout the project life cycle which affect the commercial strategy used to procure the project. It considers traditional 'selective competitive tendering' procedures for the full range of contractual arrangements; the content and impact of published reports and legislation.

Year three, core modules

  • Construction Contract Law (Level 5) - 15 credits
    You will be required to analyse and draw comparisons between the provisions in the various standard forms of construction contract under a number of life-like scenarios. Implications of current legislation that may impact on the running and administration of construction projects will also be considered. You will also explore the various methods of dispute resolution that may be available to the parties to a construction contract. You will also explore the various methods of dispute resolution that may be available to the parties in a construction contract.
  • Quantification and Measurement (Level 5) - 15 credits
    Through this module you will develop an understanding and appreciation of quantification and measurement through the various stages of the development process of a building project. The module seeks to develop skills in interpreting drawn and written information and of presenting that material in an appropriate, quantified descriptive form to facilitate the analytical processes necessary for accurately assessing the cost of construction works.
  • Commercial Management (Level 6) - 15 credits
    This module will develop your understanding of the commercial management function performed by quantity surveyors, particularly in a contractor position. It aims to develop an understanding of the procedural, legal and practice issues involved in all aspects of the commercial management of construction projects, together with the ability to apply these in a recognised commercial form.
  • Quantification and Costing (Level 5) - 15 credits
    This module introduces an understanding and appreciation of the production of costs associated with a range of construction operations and projects. Apprentices will also gain an understanding of the measurement and pricing of maintenance and repair work involved in the running and upkeep of buildings using the relevant measurement rules and recognised good practice. Apprentices will also consider the use of Building Information Modelling within project development.
  • Design Economics (Level 6) - 15 credits
    This module is designed to provide a working knowledge of the factors that affect the economics of building design and the cost of buildings. It will provide the background necessary for offering advice to clients or the design team on matters concerning economy, cost or price at the various stages of the design process. The range of possible scenarios will be envisaged and a 'tool kit' of principles, concepts and technologies will be provided to allow a range of scenarios to be managed.

Year four, core modules

  • Risk and Value Management (Level 6) - 15 credits
    This module is designed to introduce you to the Risk and Value Management process. The module will enable you to distinguish between risk and uncertainty and the influence these issues may have on the technological, managerial and financial aspects of the project life cycle. You will be introduced to Value Engineering techniques along with the concept of Value management workshops and how these can be used throughout the project life cycle.
  • Quantity Surveying Practice II (Level 6) - 15 credits
    This is a problem-solving module, which considers typical scenarios and problems encountered during the construction process. It requires students to analyse and define problems, develop a range of standard and innovative solutions then provide professional advice to clients. Its focus is the application of theory to practice.
  • Quantity Surveying Practice III (Level 6) - 15 credits
    The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your professional skills. It facilitates the development of the personal, interpersonal, professional practice and business skills that are essential to all quantity surveyors. It also develops your cognizance of ethical issues, professional responsibilities, liabilities and rules of conduct.
  • Major Project aligned to APC (Level 6) - 30 credits
    This module represents the culmination of each student's development through learning undertaken on their programme. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to undertake a substantial original study to investigate a subject, issue, or problem and to produce a usable outcome. Students carry out an original piece of work that may be either an expert study or a research study. The major project/dissertation requires students to demonstrate analytical, deductive, investigative and written communication skills in relation to their chosen subject. Students will deploy a wide range of skills that they have developed during their programme including initiative, self-motivation, time-management, analysis and integration of data and information together with the organisational skills needed for such a large piece of work.


The assessment of the Degree Apprenticeship is constituted of three main elements:

  1. Successful completion of the modules which make up BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree. Assessment for this will include assignments and exams. The assignments will require the production of essays, reports, completion of practical tasks and a range of calculations. (This must be achieved before you are able to commence to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)).
  2. Completion of a diary and log book of experience gained.
  3. Three monthly assessments of competence by a supervisor and counsellor (in the final 2 years, as a minimum).

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The end point assessment is the final assessment for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). This is a substantial assessment and will typically take 6-9 months to complete in addition to the duration of the degree. This is a rigorous process involving extensive preparation.

The end point assessment requires you to demonstrate that you have achieved RICS defined competencies to which the apprenticeship standards have been mapped.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Degree apprenticeships are fully funded by your employer and the Government


Entry requirements

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  • 112 UCAS Tariff points. This is equivalent to:
  • 3 A levels at grade B, B, C
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM (1x Distinction and 2x Merits)
  • Access to HE Qualification
  • All appropriate and equivalent, UK and international, Level 3 (and above) qualifications will be considered
  • In addition applicants will need to have 4 *GCSEs at grades C / 4 or above (or equivalent) including English and Maths.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

ESFA approved Level 2 Maths and English qualifications are mandatory.

Course offers can only be made if approved Level 2 certificates are provided prior to the start of the course.

For further details about which qualifications meet Level 2 requirements download this document on: the gov.uk website

Studying during COVID-19

Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face teaching on campus for a limited number of courses. Visit our restrictions page for details.

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic the majority of our apprenticeship courses are being delivered online only using our established online learning systems. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment for those that are on campus.

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